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How Brian Losch Creates Big, Immersive Mixes of Orchestral Film Music

+ This video is courtesy of Brian Losch’s lesson in Soundfly’s Faders Up: Advanced Mix Techniques course. To access this, plus hundreds more videos and tutorials on production, songwriting, composing, beat making, and mixing, subscribe here.

When it comes to mixing cinematic, orchestral pieces — whether written to score film, TV, and other media or just for the sake of writing ambitious, epic ensemble music — there’s no doubt that each piece comes with its own set of idiomatic peculiarities. Certainly there are norms and expectations when it comes to prepping a mix in this style, but as always, exciting things can happen when you break the rules too.

That said, one thing you’re always shooting to achieve in cinema music and audio is a sense of immersive bigness. And that can come in many forms. So we talked to Brian Losch, a pro engineer with a Grammy Award to his name and a heck of a lot more accolades than that, about how he typically sets up his mixes, what he listens for, and how he tempers the storm of a (typically) enormous amount of stems.

In modern productions, it’s not uncommon to have real and fake elements (like synths and VST instruments), and Brian is a master at finding ways to make the two sound cohesive and shake seats in theaters. In the video above, courtesy of our mixing course series, we’ll see how Brian mixes to achieve that bigness in real time.

Head over to Faders Up: Advanced Mix Techniques now to get hundreds more lessons on mixing and engineering. With Soundfly’s all-access subscription, you’ll be able to go through every course on the site at your own pace.

About Brian Losch

Brian Losch

Brian is a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer living in Brooklyn, NY. Production credits include artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Jason Moran, and many others. He also does recording and post-production work for film and television and has worked on releases for the American Boychoir, ESPN Films, Discovery Channel, as well as broadcasts for the Metropolitan Opera HD, San Francisco Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic.

Check out his site for more.

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John Hull

John is Head of Production for Soundfly. He’s directed, produced, filmed, and edited more than 50 online courses, including courses made in collaboration with major partners like Carnegie Hall. Collectively, his videos have over 1.6 million views on YouTube. John's background is in engineering, composing, and mixing. However, the love at the molecular level for all these things is synthesis. He's produced music for ads for major commercial production houses for major brands and has mixed major film soundtracks, such as the indie hits Experimenter and King Jack.